Recently I was sent a newsletter from an Australian child who lives in the middle of Australia, “the scrub”, “the outback”, where life can be very isolated.
The isolation has some wonderful benefits but also makes life quite different than that of a city child.
My client and friend Nancy has wonderful grandchildren. One of these is John who has shared his story with us today.
Recently Callum and Grace have gone to boarding school and are studying in a different environment to the previous “school of the air” distance education with a tutor and schooling provided over the airwaves and via post and radio communication. Of course that is the formal education.
Life is its own education and the life of a farm or country child has different duties. No bus to catch to school and traffic to tackle, but animals to feed and food to grow and much much more in nature skills to learn.
Nancy Robinson has given us some information about a very special young man named John who has given us permission to display his work here. John is in year 5. Nancy is an amazing woman. She is a farmer, has a well known profile as a biologist and writer and landkeeper of “Ellerslie”, near Bourke.
Here is Nancy’s introduction.
“John loves his life out here. All his school work is done at Dunsandle through Dubbo Distance Education School. They have great teachers who cater for their needs. One thing about having been with a bad school is it makes you appreciate a good one!
Caroline is a marvellous mother come teacher. She had her hands full with Calum, Grace and John with school taking up most of her time, something most mothers can not imagine. School holidays are viewed differently when your having a holiday with the kids. It certainly helps when you have willing students but Distance Education is a marvellous start for kids. Only problem is isolation; lack of other children to play with, never been with a lot of kids and coping with the classroom method with lots of children. Calum and Grace are adjusting quite well and both LOVE boarding school.
The first photograph, John and Caroline entered it in the NSW Farmers photograph comp AND it won! They have a $10,000 holiday to go on. He titled the photograph : Remembering his grandfather Malcolm Robinson who was a long term serving member of the Western District’s Council of NSW Farmers.
John is quite an individual, bright and charming! …. biased opinion! The scary thing is that he is developing into a 2nd Malcolm! Loves poetry, reading, Rugby Union, music and spelling. He made it to the regionals last week in the Premiers Spelling Bee. Along with the land & all that goes with it he also loves the Moorambilla singing group of which he is going to this week .
Hope this might help you fill in some of the gaps. Love Nancy”
and Here is Nancy’s grandson John’s story:-
This amazing childhood speaks for itself.
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I receive lots of enquiries for my weight loss hypnosis mp3. Why? Because it is one of the topics of the modern age. A first world problem really. I receive more enquiries for this one that for the title “Recovering from Anorexia” although managing weight, health and well-being are central themes to the emotional roller coaster or the topic of weight balance, self esteem and expectations.
I have found a great article so instead of writing this myself I have located it here. I agree with the comments as a naturopath and since it is written by an open-minded doctor, I thought you would benefit from reading it as is. It is a simply put, factual analysis of how the body and metabolism work which will be helpful with the tips on weight management. Enjoy.
What the Biggest Loser Study Means for You
On May 2, 2016, the New York Times ran the story: “After The Biggest Loser, Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight”. Columnist Gail Kolata reported on a study that followed Season 8’s (2009) Biggest Loser reality TV show contestants to find out what happened after their dramatic weight loss efforts. The researchers found that, except for one contestant, all regained most of the weight they had discarded within the six years following Season 8.
The main reason advanced for these findings was that extreme calorie restriction (Contestants lowered their calorie intakes by 500 calories a day.) and hours of daily exercise caused the contestants to have a dramatic drop in metabolism.
Prior to going on the show, the contestants’ metabolic rates were tested and found to be normal. In the years after the show, testing found that the contestants’ bodies were burning hundreds of calories fewer, on a daily basis, than would be expected, even though they continued to eat nutritional meals and remain physically active. Moreover, the contestants “constantly battled hunger, cravings, and binges” due to plummeting levels of leptin, a hormone responsible for regulating appetite. The findings may explain why so many people fail at dieting altogether and why those who succeed in losing extra pounds eventually manage to regain the pounds they lost.
Other media outlets carried the story, bringing in their own experts to comment. Some experts said that the contestants might have experienced their problems due to the extreme and rapid measures with which they subtracted hundreds of pounds. They stated that slow weight loss with small calorie restrictions would not cause such problems. In a follow-up article, on May 4, Kolata disagreed, citing studies that any prolonged calorie restriction lowers metabolism and eventually causes people to regain the pounds they have shed.
Moreover, neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt has written that long-term dieting does nothing to improve health and does more harm than good. She wrote that obese men “have only one chance in 1,290 of reaching the normal weight range within a year; severely obese women have one chance in 677.” She cited a study showing that only 1% of dieters ever succeed at permanent weight loss. She cited long-term studies showing that dieters are more likely than non-dieters to become obese within one to 15 years of their first attempts at dieting.
Is there any hope at all for large people who want to weigh less? Are these results inevitable for anyone who is unhappy with their size? Despite the results of the Biggest Loser study, there is a small percentage of people who do keep the pounds off. How do they do it? Here are a few answers.
Avoid Calorie Restriction
Calorie requirements are determined mainly by weight, activity, and gender. A moderately active 200 pound man, for example, requires an average daily calorie intake of 21 calories per pound; 4200 calories. A moderately active 150 pound woman requires an average daily calorie intake of 18 calories per pound; 2700 calories a day. Pregnant women should add 300 calories a day. Lactating women should add 500 calories a day. Women past menopause should subtract 250 calories a day. These are general guidelines that might not apply to every individual.
Calorie restriction causes the body to go into calorie conservation mode, producing constant hunger and cravings. Higher levels of calorie restriction cause faster weight reduction and almost always guarantee weight regain. This explains what happened to the Biggest Loser contestants.
The equation for weight management is not so simple as calories consumed minus calories burned. All calories are not equal. Calories from refined carbohydrates are the ones most easily converted to body fat. Sugars, starches, and processed foods are most likely to play havoc with blood sugar levels and insulin efficiency, both of which factor into weight gain. What you eat matters more than how much you eat.
Recommendation 1: Stop counting calories and stop calorie-restricted dieting. Instead, focus on eating fresh, colorful fruits and vegetables for fiber. Get lean proteins from fish, chicken, turkey, nuts, beans, eggs, and mushrooms. Include fat from oils and butter in your meals. Avoid or minimize refined carbohydrates – anything made from sugars and starches – as these are the types of foods that pile on those extra pounds.
Develop Stress Management Skills
Chronic stress plays a role in weight gain, producing an abundance of cortisol, a hormone that changes metabolism and causes the body to retain fat. For people with a genetic tendency toward excess weight, stress is also a trigger to eat refined carbohydrates, which cause weight gain.
Recommendation 2: Reduce or eliminate stress as much as possible. Develop the coping skills you need to manage unavoidable stress. Consider daily Mindfulness Meditation. It has proven to lower anxiety, promote well-being, and reduce cortisol levels.
Slow weight subtraction, based on healthy nutrition, should help to maintain metabolism. If weight reduction seems impossible despite your best efforts, have your thyroid tested. Low thyroid levels can play havoc with metabolism. Hypothyroidism can be easily corrected with medication. Here are additional steps to bolster your metabolism:
Recommendation 3: Boost your metabolism these ways:
- Consistently get adequate sleep. Studies show a high correlation between obesity and poor sleep because 1) lack of sleep contributes to low metabolism, and 2) inadequate sleep inhibits the production of leptin: an essential hormone for regulating appetite.
- Drink green tea on a daily basis – it’s loaded with anti-oxidants and is good for metabolism.
- Get daily exercise. Strength training and interval training will do the most to increase metabolism, although the effect on calorie-burning is negligible. The easiest way to do interval training is to do 15 – 20 minutes of an aerobic activity, with a 2-minute warm-up, then alternate 30 seconds of high intensity with 90 seconds of easy movement, ending your set with a 2-minute slow cool down.
- Get 2,000 milligrams of Omega 3 fatty acids daily to reduce inflammation, balance blood sugar, and regulate metabolism. You can get Omega 3 from salmon, herring and tuna. You can also get Omega 3 in an over-the-counter supplement. If you dislike the fishy taste of fish oil-based supplements, switch to a flaxseed oil supplement instead.
- Drink adequate amounts of water because dehydration slows metabolism.
Balance Your Leptin Levels
Leptin is a hormone that tells your body when your stomach is full. It signals the brain so that you stop eating. Overweight people generally have low leptin levels. Dieting, long-term fasting, and calorie restriction can lower leptin levels, creating a tendency to overeat.
Recommendation 4: Increase your leptin levels in these ways.
- Get sufficient sleep. Leptin is manufactured during sleep.
- Avoid refined carbohydrates, especially sugars. These foods set up leptin resistance, which makes your cells less receptive to the effects of leptin.
- Eat foods high in zinc such as spinach, lamb, seafood, nuts, beans, mushrooms, and pumpkin. Alternatively, take a daily zinc supplement.
- Get moderate exercise.
When Should You Eat?
Some sources I consulted stated that people who want to subtract pounds should eat five or six small meals a day so that they boost their metabolism; they never feel hungry and thus will not overeat. Several sources also said that eating a high-protein breakfast will help with metabolism.
Dr. Joseph Mercola, however, differs. In his book, Effortless Healing, he stated that there is no relationship between eating breakfast and weight reduction. In fact, he wrote that skipping breakfast is a good way to eliminate cravings and hunger throughout the day. He wrote that the value of eating several small meals a day is a myth.
Instead, Mercola advocated “intermittent fasting” for healthy weight reduction. Intermittent fasting means eating only within an eight-to-ten hour window, say from noon to 8 pm. He stated that this method reduces sugar cravings, normalizes hunger levels, boosts brain health, improves gut bacteria, lowers risk of heart disease, and slows the aging process.The method you choose is up to you. You could experiment with each to find your best fit. In the meantime, here is one sure-fire recommendation that I can give you.
Recommendation 5: Eat when you feel hungry and stop when you feel full. Overweight people consistently eat for reasons other than feeling hungry. They eat according to external cues (seeing food, smelling food, watching other people eat, etc.). They often base eating decisions on their emotions. Diets don’t help because they teach people to eat according to charts and menus, instead of their bodies’ natural signals. Learning to eat when you feel hungry and stop when you feel full means you will begin to eat intuitively, the way naturally slender people eat. If you can’t detect sensations of hunger or satiety, or if you feel “hungry all the time and never satisfied” it’s most likely because you are not yet consistently following the previous four recommendations. Additionally, it will help you to eat mindfully – this means eating slowly, without distractions, conscious of the sensations of tasting, chewing, swallowing, and the changes taking place in your body as your stomach fills.
Maintenance Requires Constant Vigilance
Gail Kolata’s article on the Biggest Losers received over 2000 comments, some from people who have actually succeeded in keeping the weight off. These commenters voiced a common theme: constant vigilance. They reported that they keep close track of their weight (the way many naturally thin people do). They are highly selective in their food choices. They exercise often. They tolerate feelings of hunger between meals. They have turned hope into reality.
Enjoy your week. Perhaps you too could enjoy removing sugary foods from your diet. I have and it helps enormously for so many reasons! Be your true self and experience your life with self-esteem and support. Many blessings till next week.
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